Not too far from downtown Louisville, Kentucky, The Melrose Inn created history, a sweet history.
Sadly, it closed its doors in 2000. However, it will be most remembered as the home of the quintessential Derby-Pie®, a delectable desert forever entrenched in Kentucky Derby traditions.
Fortunately, this pie is still available online and at area markets: http://www.derbypie.com.
While the traditional Derby Pie is a copyrighted recipe filled with chocolate, pecans and Kentucky bourbon, the following recipe comes close. While some like to add butterscotch and caramel to their recipe, I’m a bit of a purist. Here is our version… and a family favorite.
Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie
9″ pie shell, edges crimped
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
Mix dry ingredients. Slowly add wet ingredients; eggs, vanilla, butter and corn syrup. Incorporate chocolate chips and pecans and pour into pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes, or until filling is set.
Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.